Meet the Governors
Mr Ben O'Connor
Foundation Governor and Chair of Governors
Ben O'Connor has been a governor since December 2014 and has been involved with Wraxall Primary School since his eldest daughter Emma started in 2006, with his younger daughter Olivia following in 2010.Ben and Nicki O'Connor moved to Wraxall from Redland in 2005 (just before Emma was born) and have been active members of the church and more recently Friends of Wraxall School Association, helping raise money for the school in various ways, including skydiving, abseiling, tough mudding and baking the odd cake or two for the school fayre.
Professionally Ben is a chartered surveyor with degrees and an MSc in Town Planning and Commercial Property Management. Ben works for the civil service, selling surplus public sector land for housing.
More recently, Ben, Nicki, Emma and Olivia moved to a family house in Abbots Leigh to keep an eye on the girls' four ponies and ageing but ever faithful dog "Wellie".
Ben supports the governors on the Fabric and Finance committee, where he has been involved with buildings work and maintenance, as well as working with the headteacher in considering the school's options for future partnership working.
Ms Caroline Taylor
Parent Governor, Vice-Chair of Governors and Chair of Fabric & Finance Committee
Caroline is a parent to two children at Wraxall Primary School and has been a governor since 2016. She has a background in finance services and currently works part-time at the University of Bristol while trying to squeeze in the occasional school Welly Walk on her non-working days. She very much enjoys playing a part in helping the school continue to give the children and staff the very best teaching and learning experience it can offer. Her aim is to support the excellent standards already established in the school and to ensure it continues to provide an environment in which all pupils can thrive.
Caroline’s favourite part of being a governor is visiting during school hours and occasionally working with children by taking part in pupil conferencing or watching pupil presentations. They are fantastically enthusiastic, full of bright ideas and always very polite.
Rev Fran Binding
Rector and Foundation Governor
Fran became a governor in November 2013 when she took up her post as Priest in Charge in the Parish of Wraxall with Failand. Previously she had been a minister in both the Hereford and Worcester diocese and before that a Secondary School teacher for 20 years in Leicestershire and Shropshire. Her subject was music and Fran still enjoys playing her viola and singing. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening and walking the dog.
Mr Gavin Bishop
Gavin has lived in Nailsea for four years and became a School Governor in 2015. He is married to Sara and has a daughter called Matilda and a son called Bertie. Gavin has been a teacher for the past 13 years, and is passionate about all children receiving an education that develops them physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and culturally.
Gavin is Foundation Governor at Wraxall School, which means he has the unique responsibility of ensuring the school provides and cultivates a distinctly Christian ethos for it children, parents and staff. Because of this, he has a special interest in enhancing the spiritual development of the school community.
Gavin believes that governors should want to actively play a positive role in supporting Wraxall School to become a beacon for holistic, inspirational teaching and learning. In order for this to happen he wants to see children making outstanding progress through an innovative curriculum that feeds their curiosity about the world in which they live.
Miss Becky Cawsey
Becky Cawsey became a School Governor in 2015 following her retirement from the police service a few months earlier. She worked for Avon and Somerset Constabulary for 35 years and spent the last 7 yrs as a Detective Inspector specialising in Public Protection. Her work with the risk management of offenders in the community was recognised in the 2015 New Years Honours list where she was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished service. She now works as a Safeguarding Officer with the Catholic Church.
Becky has been involved with Wraxall Primary School for about fifteen years, including as reserve Lollipop Lady. She has enjoyed her role as joint creator of the Christmas Grotto to welcome Santa to the school FWSA fayre for at least ten years. Becky now volunteers as a helper in Reception Class half a day a week: a role that she would thoroughly recommend and encourage others to engage with.
Mrs Rosie Gloyns
Rosie Gloyns became a parent governor in 2018. She has 2 children at the school and became a governor to support the school in continuing to deliver an engaging and inspiring education for all it’s pupils.
She feels passionately that every pupil should be viewed as an individual and believes in outside, child lead and creative learning. As a parent she loves going on school trips, with highlights being Forest School, the Hindu Temple, “We the Curious” and the wonderful wellie walks that allow the children to enjoy and explore their surroundings.
Rosie works as a television Producer and Director specialising in Natural History and expedition films. For 12 years she worked at the BBC, but in 2017 became freelance in order to try and balance work and family life better.
Mr David Green
David has a daughter who is currently in year 2 and aspires to be an ice cream lady, except on Thursdays as she wants to be a mermaid then. He has been a foundation governor since 2017 and a member of the Fabric and Finance committee. He is committed to ensuring that the school has the resources required for educating the children and to supporting the school through the ethos of the church and it’s relationship with the school.
He enjoys being part of the Wraxall Church parish congregation. He is a structural engineer and currently manages the site design nationally for a mobile telecoms operator. He has been a nightclub bouncer in the past which is why he thinks he gets put on bouncy castle duty for the school’s summer fete.
Miss Amy Townsend
Mrs Jessica Vallentine
Jessica first became involved with Wraxall School when her eldest daughter Ada entered Reception in 2016. In 2018, after serving as the Chair of the Friends of Wraxall School Association (FWSA), she became a Foundation Governor to support the school in maintaining its unique character as an inclusive environment where all children can thrive.
Jessica is currently a change manager for Business West in Bristol, looking at internal strategy and communications. She is also a Parish Councillor for Wraxall and Failand Parish. Her favourite part of being a governor is when she is waiting for a meeting during school hours and 'has' to sit in the red chairs outside the Headteacher's office, chatting with staff and getting to experience how engaged and comfortable the students are as they pass by and go about their day.
Mrs Rachel Watts
Rachel has lived in Nailsea for 9 years and has been involved in Wraxall school since 2015 when her first daughter started there. During this time she has played active roles within the church and FWSA. She became a foundation governor in 2018.
Rachel has a professional background in teaching and has worked as a Key Stage 1 teacher in Bristol and London for 15 years. She believes passionately in an education that develops and supports the whole child to learn and build on their strengths and passions through a creative curriculum, within a supportive community of school staff and parents. Rachel's aim as a governor is to support Wraxall School to do this and continue to be a thriving and happy school for all pupils.
Rachel is currently a full-time parent to 3 girls and enjoys helping them learn through volunteering in school and pre-school and spending time with them doing lots of outdoor adventures and creative activities.
Mrs Nicola Brierley
I currently teach year 1 and 2 at Wraxall C of E Primary School and I have been teaching since 1996 within Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, teaching throughout the primary age range. I have a love of history, reading, creative writing, music, drama, cooking and spending time with my husband and two teenage children. I attend All Saints Church, sing in the music group, enjoy organising fund raising activities and helping out at ´Food @ 4.30ˋ.
Mrs Tamisn Hayward
Appointment of Governors
- Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education and the Lighthouse School Partnership, on the recommendation of the Local Governing Body
- Parent Governors are elected by parents and carers
- Staff Governors are elected by school staff
- Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Local Governing Body
- Local Authority Governors were appointed by North Somerset (This category of governor was discontinued at academisation)